Businesses raise money for family of murdered pizza delivery man

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LORAIN, Ohio — Several local businesses are raising money for loved ones of a pizza delivery man who was shot and killed on the job. At the same time, the tragedy is also sparking change.

Lorain police said Robert Caudill, 26, was the victim in the crime that happened on Dec. 1.

Management at Happy’s Pizza, where Caudill worked, tells Fox 8 they have decided to step up safety for drivers at the Lorain location.

"We are not going to certain hotels in certain areas,” said Deniell Bowe, who manages the Oberlin Avenue location. "We are making sure our employees are as safe as we can make them."

At the same time, other pizzerias in town are giving back as well. Yala’s Pizza, just down the street, has a tip jar out on the counter. Staff there is also raising money for the Caudill family.

"It's just something so close to home that really hit us,” said Christine Brown, with corporate.

Police said Caudill was delivering pizza to the Lake Motel in town Monday night when he was robbed and shot. Authorities have arrested and charged Benjamin Davis, 29.

"It makes everybody nervous, so you know we have people taking precautions -- we tell customers to keep their lights on, so we know what house we are going to,” Bowe said.

Meanwhile, pictures of the pizza delivery man can be seen in and around his former workplace. Customers dropped off donations Saturday afternoon.

Happy’s Pizza (Lorain location only) will be collecting money until the holidays.

"He worked two jobs for his boys, he was a hardworking man and everything he did he did for his family,” Bowe said.

Bowe tells Fox 8 Caudill had been working at the business around four months, and was trying to earn extra Christmas money for his children.